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Twenty NBA teams have announced plans to transform their facilities to serve voters in the upcoming 2020 general election.
Several of the league’s franchises will convert their arenas and sports facilities into voter registration drives, early voting locations, and polling places for Nov. 3. The large indoor spaces are expected to provide enough room to accommodate social distancing measures for in-person voting, an alternative to mail-in ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Few teams had proposed initiatives to promote civic engagement after the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis in May.
But following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the NBA started making committed efforts to fight racial inequities, after players staged a walkoff and stopped play for two days in protest.
The playoff games resumed after the league reached a deal with its employees comprised of a series of new social justice goals, including converting arenas into polling sites.
Here is a list of all the centers that will serve in the 2020 election.
Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin announced the conversion of the team’s home court into an early voting center in June, following the George Floyd protests.
“If nothing came out of this protest to create change, then we all failed,” Koonin said.
The 700,000-square foot State Farm Arena opened for early voting on July 20 for Georgia’s August 11 primary and will continue to be used for the upcoming 2020 elections.
The venue has become the largest voting precinct in all of Georgia and serves voters in the state’s most-populous county, Fulton County.
Barclays Center will open as a polling site for early voting from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1 and for the general election on Nov. 3.
The arena will become the largest voting center in Brooklyn.
“The NBA players, we need to acknowledge what they are doing,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said at the announcement last week. “They’re using this opportunity to stay part of any agreement of moving forward in sports is to ensure that we allow access to voting. The power of the vote cannot be overemphasized.”
The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, will host early voting from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31.
“Hornets Sports & Entertainment is committed to doing our part in assisting our community with the electoral process,” Hornets President and Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield said.
Voters in Cleveland will be able to head to the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home to the Cavaliers, to cast their ballots on Nov. 3.
The indoor stadium will also host National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22 for people in Cuyahoga County.
The American Airlines Center will become Dallas County’s largest polling site on Nov. 3.
The Mavericks unveiled the effort on the first day of its “7 Days of Action” initiative to combat “racial injustices occurring around the country” following the boycott.
The Henry Ford Performance Center, a practice facility for the Detroit Pistons, will …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics